Prison for Huizenga Will Save His Life -- or Someone Else's

I never thought I would say this, but I actually feel sorry for Wayne Huizenga.

Don't get me wrong: A decent amount of what's wrong with this county falls at Wayne's feet. But this latest arrest of his son, Robert Ray, is just sad.

It's become clear that Robert Ray Huizenga has a horrible substance-abuse problem and that either he will die or he will kill someone else if he's not secluded from society and is able to conquer his alcohol addiction. 

Robert Ray already almost killed a 71-year-old pedestrian while driving drunk in 2003. Last night, he was so drunk that he went home to the wrong house after a boating excursion. A friend, Patrick Stewart, who allegedly had pot on him, apparently tried to get into a stranger's house because of the mistake.

Lucky that stranger wasn't armed and ready to blow a burglar's head off. Instead, she called the police.

This is at least Robert Ray's fourth DUI charge, and he faces up to five years in jail if he's found guilty of violating probation (which seems a no-brainer). In 2003, he was drunk in his Range Rover when he hit and seriously injured a 71-year-old man. He escaped prison time then with the help of big-money attorney David Bogenschutz.

It's clear that RRH needs to do some time now, for his own good. He's a bomb waiting to explode, and if it happens after favoritism from the justice system or because he managed to buy his way out of jail, then there will be hell to pay.

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Bob Norman
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